New York: Caretaker Foreign Minister of Pakistan Jalil Abbas Jilani has stressed the need for peaceful settlement of longstanding international disputes in accordance with the relevant Security Council resolutions and international law.
Jalil Abbas Jilani expressed these views at the Extraordinary Council of Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on the sidelines of 78th UNGA session late Wednesday.
Reaffirming Pakistan’s commitment to multilateralism, he stressed the central role of the UN in resolving international disputes and welcomed SCO’s efforts to strengthen the pivotal role of the UN in combating the challenges of the modern world.
The foreign minister highlighted contemporary global and regional issues of concern to SCO as well as the ways to strengthen cooperation with UN mechanisms. He recalled the significance of SCO countries’ longstanding historical, cultural, civilizational and geographical ties and stressed the importance of this bond as a beacon of stability, security and progress to address the challenges of global geo-political flux.
Jalil Abbas Jilani drew attention to the need for preserving peace and stability in the region, a prerequisite for economic growth and prosperity. He called upon member states to use the SCO-Afghan Contact Group as a platform for practical cooperation with interim Afghan authorities, which could meaningfully assist them in their economic challenges and build their counter-terrorism capacities to ensure Afghan soil is not used to export terrorism.
The foreign minister affirmed the commitment of the members to vigorously follow the “Shanghai Spirit” value of which was more relevant now than ever before.
The meeting was attended by the foreign ministers of Pakistan, Iran, Russian Federation, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan; Deputy Foreign Ministers of China and India as well as the Secretary General of SCO and Deputy Secretary General of the UN.